Available Until 12/31/2024

Streamline Your Design to Create LibGuides Your Users Will Actually Use (Recording)

A LibGuide is only as good as it is readable and engaging. Learn the design skills that will enable you to create new guides and redesign outdated ones to increase your users’ engagement and understanding. Whether you are new to creating guides or are a seasoned guide administrator, you’ll benefit from the web design skills and user experience tips you’ll learn in this webinar.

Ashley Hoffman and Amy Barker, LibGuide design experts whose research paper on guide design has been viewed over 7,000 times, will show you how to transform cluttered and unattractive guides into streamlined V2 LibGuides that save you and your user’s time.

You’ll learn best practices and practical tips for guide design, including condensing content to minimize scrolling, strategically placing visual elements to break up blocks of text, and making user engagement and interaction simple, quick, and effective.

Before the webinar, you’ll receive optional pre-session readings, including the instructors' article on guide design. During the webinar, you’ll learn how to reorganize and condense guide content, increase visual appeal with professional-looking headers and icons, and get to practice redesigning a sample page to increase readability. You’ll have an opportunity to submit your redesigned sample page for feedback.

You'll leave the webinar with guide template and web design skills applicable to many academic fields and easily adaptable to your unique situation. And you’ll be able to experience the excitement and satisfaction of seeing how redesigning a guide without changing its content can increase the value of the guide to your users.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Apply web design best practices to improve LibGuide navigation and style

  • Streamline guide content for improved readability and engagement



Medical librarians and other information professionals who are responsible for creating research guides and similar online materials.



Ashley Hoffman photoAshley Hoffman has over ten years of experience in user services in academic libraries. Her research expertise is in user experience, tutorial design, and interim leadership in libraries. She is the editor of the Georgia Library Quarterly and with Amy, has published on student-centered design in LibGuides.

Amy BarkerAmy E.G. Barker has five years of experience as a LibGuides administrator, overseeing the design and accessibility of all guides at the Kennesaw State University Library System, and over ten years of experience in reference and instructional services in academic libraries. Her research expertise is in guide design, usability testing, and information literacy instruction. With Ashley, she has published on student-centered design in LibGuides.



Registration Information

  • Length: 1.5 hour recorded webinar
  • Technical information: After you have registered, go to My Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the live webinar, resources, evaluation, and certificate.
  • Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.

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